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COMO Shambhala Estate

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  • Why:Because jungle is one hell of a therapy.
  • When:March 2018
  • Who:My one and only @manusiakarton and I
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COMO Shambhala Estate After a drive through rice patties and a small village you get to this humble facade of 23 acre estate of Como Shambhala.

After a drive through rice patties and a small village you get to this humble facade of 23 acre estate of Como Shambhala.

COMO Shambhala Estate Our room was practically suspended over the jungle. How divine?

Our room was practically suspended over the jungle. How divine?

COMO Shambhala Estate The bedroom of our residence was scenically a glass cube levitating in the tree tops. I saw a lot of monkeys doing their monkey business from here!

The bedroom of our residence was scenically a glass cube levitating in the tree tops. I saw a lot of monkeys doing their monkey business from here!

COMO Shambhala Estate In the morning, opening all floor to ceiling windows and submerging ourselves in the intense sound of the jungle is real therapy.

In the morning, opening all floor to ceiling windows and submerging ourselves in the intense sound of the jungle is real therapy.

COMO Shambhala Estate Outside bathtub and shower in the garden of our residence. The very very relaxing gazebo was the best nap spot.

Outside bathtub and shower in the garden of our residence. The very very relaxing gazebo was the best nap spot.

COMO Shambhala Estate Another good nap spot on the retreats premises was this giant gorgeous sofa overlooking the jungle.

Another good nap spot on the retreats premises was this giant gorgeous sofa overlooking the jungle.

COMO Shambhala Estate The residences are designed in a style of compounds. In ours, there were four suites with a common lounge area and infinity pool.  These stunning stone stairs were our entrance.

The residences are designed in a style of compounds. In ours, there were four suites with a common lounge area and infinity pool. These stunning stone stairs were our entrance.

COMO Shambhala Estate The beautiful restaurant serving delicious healthy food. You can arrange to eat anywhere on the property.

The beautiful restaurant serving delicious healthy food. You can arrange to eat anywhere on the property.

COMO Shambhala Estate The best gluten free bread I’ve ever had with fresh salads and juice. We also had a raw cheesecake. It got devoured before I I managed to take a picture.

The best gluten free bread I’ve ever had with fresh salads and juice. We also had a raw cheesecake. It got devoured before I I managed to take a picture.

COMO Shambhala Estate Every room gets an assistant. Find a phone and have your assistant pick you up and drive you in a buggy (it’s a giant estate), plan your day or remind you of your yoga class. Leave thinking at home.

Every room gets an assistant. Find a phone and have your assistant pick you up and drive you in a buggy (it’s a giant estate), plan your day or remind you of your yoga class. Leave thinking at home.

COMO Shambhala Estate Waiting for breakfast in this stunning Javanese joglo. It is 150 years old and has been assembled after a knock down and brought from Java. I couldn’t stop touching those wood carvings.

Waiting for breakfast in this stunning Javanese joglo. It is 150 years old and has been assembled after a knock down and brought from Java. I couldn’t stop touching those wood carvings.

COMO Shambhala Estate The humble pool in our residence. I’m diving into abyss giddiness and jungle sounds.

The humble pool in our residence. I’m diving into abyss giddiness and jungle sounds.

COMO Shambhala Estate Every corner of the property is manicured. There are 300 staff and they sure are working hard on that lawn. You can also see the 25m lap pool.

Every corner of the property is manicured. There are 300 staff and they sure are working hard on that lawn. You can also see the 25m lap pool.

COMO Shambhala Estate The spa area is so tranquil and SciFi like, no?

The spa area is so tranquil and SciFi like, no?

COMO Shambhala Estate Awesome bit about the resort is the estate walk. It takes about an hour to walk through and it’s proper mowgli stuff. You spot monkeys, gorgeous birds, snakes and wildly coloured butterflies and bugs. I’m in love!

Awesome bit about the resort is the estate walk. It takes about an hour to walk through and it’s proper mowgli stuff. You spot monkeys, gorgeous birds, snakes and wildly coloured butterflies and bugs. I’m in love!

Highs & Lows

  • The residences are designed in compound kind of way. Three to four private suites (some with private pools) with a common area and shared pool. Like a resort within a resort. All compounds are differently designed and are equally breathtaking. You can stay several times, and always experience something new.

  • There are 30 rooms, 300 staff over 23 acres. What else should I say?

  • Como Shambhala Estate is called the Queen of Spas. After a visit with a health consultant you get a personalised program including nutrition, fitness, if needed, juice cleanse, stress management, acupuncture, massage and whatever else you might require to get better.

  • The menu is designed with health in the forefront. Endless list on cold pressed juices with info of health benefits, organic, fresh fish and meats, gluten-free delicious mains, western or Indonesian. Even guilt free raw vegan desserts. I mean…

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 50/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Luxury Wellness Retreat

  • Vibe

    A luxurious serene utopia on the edge of the jungle. Real escape.

  • Location

    Secluded between a small village and jungle cliff, just north for Ubud.

  • Rooms

    30

  • Music

    Rainforest tunes.

  • Year Opened

    2005

  • Designed By

    Architecture by Cheong Yew Kuan, interior design by Koichiro Ikebuchi

  • Health & Wellness

    Lap pools, private pools, gym, climbing wall, tennis court, jungle gym, PT, two yoga studios and a personalised program. Can I hear a wow?

  • Restaurant

    Indonesian at Kudus House and healthy goodness at Glow.

  • Bar

    Despite the wellness, believe it or not, yes.

  • Minibar

    Yes, healthy local snacks.

  • Children

    Bring them. They even get their own kiddie menu.

  • Price

    Where’s my sugar daddy? Starting at about €500

  • Website

    Visit website

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